HC Deb 26 May 1982 vol 24 cc343-4W
Mr. David Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what definition of disablement is used by his Department.

Mr. Rossi

Disablement is a concept and its definition depends on the context in which it is being considered. In general, the Department sees disablement as a generic term embracing the separate concepts of impairment, disability and handicap as developed by the World Health Organisation and published in the manual "International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps".